The Potty Training Chronicles

Potty training a toddler + studying for 2L exams = shenanigans aplenty.

Am I the only one who thinks that potty training is the most daunting task of parenthood — to date?

No one talks about it, either. The whole thing is shrouded in some kind of mystery (is there some sort of potty training club I haven’t been invited to join? It would make a lot of sense). There are about 800 different ‘methods’ — and each one contradicts the next. Reward, don’t reward. Don’t use food — use food. Praise, but not too much. Use pull-ups, don’t use pull-ups. MY HEAD HURTS.

It all boils down to the simple fact that I have no idea what I’m doing.

I’ll be honest, I’ve done some things in my life. I could never, ever, compare them to potty training. How is there NOT a Nobel Prize for potty training? Professional potty trainers? SOMEONE? I know it’s not the most glamorous aspect of parenthood, but the whole thing is way too overwhelming.

Meanwhile, my 2 and a half year old is totally unimpressed by the whole thing. We’ve dabbled in it, with very disappointing results — almost amounting to an outright refusal to sit on the dang potty. So, I delay it again, and hope that she’ll be trained by the time she graduates from high school. I tried on the Remembrance day weekend, and she had none of it. Tried again last weekend, and no dice.

We’ll try again when I’m finished with my exams (on December 15th), but I really hope that Santa brings me a potty trained toddler for Christmas.

What worked for you?

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